The Zing, Then The Sting
Aaron Schields took one for the team, and he has a bruised butt cheek to prove it.
As the front tire carrier on Red Bull Racing Team’s No. 83, Schields was attending to possible nose damage in the late stages of Sunday’s Daytona 500. If there’s a problem, it’s Schields’ job to help fix it. So he got low — really low — right in the line of fire of stray lug nuts that litter pit road.
Unfolding ahead was the service of Casey Mears’ Chevrolet, and when the No. 5 went down and away, Mears lit up the rear tires. The burning rubber grabbed a lug nut that was done for the day, but in the lug nut’s flight pattern was Schields’ rear end.
Getting capped in the ankle or shin is one thing. That’s a common occurrence on pit road, but getting shot in the butt is a whole different deal.
We’ll let Schields go into further detail.
“When you’re out there, the adrenaline is pumping. But I felt it,” Schields said. “Oh yeah, I felt it. You try to walk it off, try to be tough. It was one of those awkward moments.”
The lug nut, Schields admitted, left a mark about the size of a half dollar, but … “I went about my business and got the job done.”
Indeed he did, evidenced by the No. 83's 12th-place finish in the 500.